Travel through southern India from Chennai through Pondicherry to Kovalum Beach

Travel to India and embark on this classic southern Indian tour through Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in some of the continent’s freshest food and share smiles with the friendly local people in this lush, tropical part of the country. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region and discover its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. Follow the road less travelled through southern India without sacrificing too many creature comforts.

Start
Chennai, India
Finish
Kovalam, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
262kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise the winding backwaters of Kerala
  • Indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage in Varkala
  • Watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea
  • Spot elephants in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Stroll through the streets of eclectic Kochi
  • Sip tea while soaking up spectacular scenery in Munnar
  • Relish the rich aromas of an Indian spice plantation

Itinerary

Soak up the tropical heat of Chennai, India’s fourth-largest city. Wander through lively local markets, learn about the East India Company’s involvement with Chennai at the Government Museum and pay respects to Lord Shiva at the glorious Kapileshwar Temple.
Embrace the relaxed fishing-village vibe of Mamallapuram. Visit the famous Shore Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal. During free time, perhaps watch stone carvers practising their craft, inspect the many fascinating carved pillars in front of temples or make the most of the setting by enjoying a meal at a beachside restaurant.
Soak up the distinctly European feel of Pondicherry on a walking tour. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, one of the most popular ashrams in India, fascinating local temples and the Old French Quarter.
Discover the stunning temple complexes of Madurai. Explore the bustling bazaars, and wind through the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors that make up the mysterious and ancient Sri Meenakshi temple.
Cruise through lush pineapple plantations on the way to Periyar. Savour the heady aroma of spices at a local spice garden before venturing into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander amid colourful flowers and lush trees and keep an eye out for bison, elephants, deer and even tigers and leopards.
Craggy mountain peaks, tropical forests and green fields surround the hill station of Munnar. Visit the local tea fields and sip a local brew while admiring the impressive landscape.
Encounter Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch influences in Kochi. Explore Fort Cochin, witness a dramatic and powerful Kathakali dance performance and visit the spectacular Mattancherry Palace.
Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey and discover one of rural India’s hidden treasures; this pleasant market town sits on the banks of palm-lined canals. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the winding waters and meet locals on a walk through a village. After an action-packed day, settle down for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
Sitting on the Arabian Sea, Kovalam Beach is the perfect spot to unwind. See Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Achuthengu Fort or use free time to relax on palm-fringed beaches, sample fresh seafood or shop for souvenirs before heading home.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (13 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activites
  • Chennai - Government Museum
  • Chennai - Kapileshwar Temple
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Kovalam - Attukal Temple
  • Madurai - Gandhi Museum
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Madurai - Walking tour
  • Mamallapuram - Shore Temple
  • Munnar - Mattupati Dam
  • Munnar - Tea Musuem
  • Munnar - Town Walk
  • Periyar - National Park wildlife walk
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
  • Pondicherry - Auroville
  • Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. This trip is operated by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.

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